Data Scout Notes: 2017: PBednarik/PMaxwell...2016: (+) Sept 2016 Knee INJ, Out for 2016/NAC...PWalterCamp/PThorpe/PNagurski/PBednarik/PLott...2015: 3rdM
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07/17/17 - Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is the preseason player of the year. The ACC announced voting results Monday following a poll of 167 media members who attended last week's media days in Charlotte. The Seminoles were picked as overall ACC champions on 118 ballots while reigning national champion Clemson received 35 votes. Florida State also was picked as the Atlantic Division favorite while Miami was the top choice in the Coastal. Clemson was picked behind the Seminoles in the division, followed by Louisville, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Boston College. Behind Miami in the Coastal were Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia. - AP College Football
07/11/17 - 2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: S Derwin James, Florida State,...James was selected as the top player in college football by Sports Illustrated in 2017 and is expected to make a big return to the gridiron after missing most of 2016 due to injury. - Florida State Football
07/10/17 - 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: S Derwin James, Florida State,...James was selected as the top player in college football by Sports Illustrated in 2017 and is expected to make a big return to the gridiron after missing most of 2016 due to injury. In 2015, the versatile James appeared in all 13 games and registered 91 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries as a rookie. The Haines City, Fla., native earned All-ACC Third Team honors and was named a Freshman All-American by Sporting News, USA Today, and CampusInsider.com. He led the team in tackles five times in 2015, including a career-high 14 against Houston in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. - Florida State Football
03/09/17 - Derwin James is happy to be back on the field, even if it is only spring practice. Florida State's sophomore defensive back - who many thought would be one of the nation's top underclassmen last season - was limited to only two games after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during the third quarter against Charleston Southern on Sept. 10. James said he hasn't had any problems with the knee. He isn't wearing a knee brace and is participating in all team drills during the first week. "I haven't played football (in about six months), so it felt great to put on a helmet again," he said. ames' knee surgery revealed no structural damage, and coach Jimbo Fisher was hopeful that James could return for the final month. It didn't happen though. James said it wasn't until after January that he felt like the knee was really 100 percent.
James led the Seminoles in tackles after the first two games and had his first interception in the Sept. 5 win over Mississippi . His absence took a toll as Florida State dropped two of its next three games and struggled against mobile quarterbacks. They also were among the national leaders the first half of the season in giving up pass plays of 20 yards or more before improving. After going through his first significant injury, James said he has a better appreciation for playing. "He's been the same Derwin but more mature," Fisher said. "Not that he was immature, but you see him growing in his role as things are going on." Coaches and scouts are impressed by the versatility of the 6-foot-3, 211-pound James. His natural positon is safety but James has played corner in nickel packages and can be an edge rusher in some passing situations. - AP Sports
12/16/16 - Florida State safety Derwin James will not play in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 against No. 6 Michigan. James suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during the second half of the 10th-ranked Seminoles Sept. 10 win over Charleston Southern. James had been doing some on-field running last month but coach Jimbo Fisher ruled him out for the bowl game on Thursday. James came into the season considered one of the top sophomores in the country after finishing second on the team in tackles in 2015. He had an interception in the Sept. 5 win over Mississippi. Fisher also said that quarterback Malik Henry is transferring. The freshman did not play in any games and was suspended for a month earlier in the season due to a violation of team rules. - AP Sports